Fire spreads through ductwork at The Ovid Bell Press

Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Firefighters work to return hoses to a fire truck after using them to extinguish a fire at The Ovid Bell Press.

Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Firefighters work to return hoses to a fire truck after using them to extinguish a fire at The Ovid Bell Press.

Firefighters were called to The Ovid Bell Press, 1201 Bluff St., at around 8 a.m. today to put out a fire that started in the northeast section of the building.

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Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Firefighters from the Fulton Fire Department used exhaust fans to dispel smoke from The Ovid Bell Press Wednesday after a fire ignited in the building's ductwork.

Fulton Fire Chief Dean Buffington said when workers at the press turned on the warehouse furnace this morning, oil fumes and dust in the air duct system ignited, causing a fire to erupt inside the ductwork. Buffington said the entire Fulton Fire Department, five fire trucks and about 25 men, responded, containing the fire in about 45 minutes.

Ovid Bell employees were evacuated to a business next door while they awaited word on the condition of the building. The Fulton Police Department had the section of Bluff Street in front of the press closed to traffic for about an hour while firefighters extinguished the flames and used fans to clear the smoke from the building.

Buffington said the extent of the damage caused by the fire is not yet known.

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